constitutional-issues

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The Supreme Court shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy | Opinion

BY: - May 11, 2022

The high court's lack of transparency translates into an absence of accountability.

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A leak? The Supreme Court tipped its hand on abortion long ago | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 11, 2022

The justices harmed the rule of law when they refused to enjoin Texas' restrictive, six-week abortion ban

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There’s a path for John Roberts to save Roe. He should take it | Opinion

BY: - May 10, 2022

Chief Justice Warren Burger's vote-switch in the 1972 ruling upholding the death penalty could point the way.

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When are book bans unconstitutional? A First Amendment scholar explains | Analysis

BY: - April 15, 2022

Decisions made in public schools are analyzed by the courts differently than censorship in nongovernment contexts.

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Slavery never really ended because the 13th Amendment still allows it | Michael Coard

BY: - April 12, 2022

People think the 13th Amendment repealed slavery. It didn't. It just created slavery by another name.

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Public defenders are the bedrock of our legal system. How Tom Cotton damaged that | John L. Micek

BY: - April 7, 2022

Republicans know what the Constitution says about the right to an attorney. But you wouldn't have believed it this week.

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Pa.’s Toomey says he’s a ‘no’ on confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - April 3, 2022

"Due to Judge Jackson’s admitted lack of judicial philosophy, her concerning judicial record, and the likelihood she will continue to reach beyond the limited role of the judiciary, I cannot support her appointment to the Court,” Toomey said.

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Originalist? The Founders couldn’t even agree on what the Constitution meant | Hugh Jackson

BY: - March 31, 2022

And after the Constitution was ratified, they disagreed about it even harder.

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The Pa. Constitution belongs to all of us. Not one political party | Patrick Beaty

BY: - March 9, 2022

By Patrick Beaty Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution declares the fundamental rights of all Commonwealth citizens and defines in many respects the relationship between them and their elected representatives. Among the rights reserved to the people themselves is “the inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as […]

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‘We the people’ are in dangerous territory | Jay Bookman

BY: - March 6, 2022

if we believe that it’s none of my business what happens to you, and none of your business what happens to me, then we have thrown upon the doors to chaos and we are lost.

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Why do Pa. courts have a say on mail-in voting? They probably shouldn’t | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - February 10, 2022

The Commonwealth Court decision striking down mail-in voting for the 2022 election is probably unconstitutional

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No, this isn’t Facebook’s ‘Big Tobacco’ moment | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - November 9, 2021

When dealing with constitutionally protected speech, the government needs to tread carefully.